If we do not get information under RTI Act within specified time time, we may submit First Appeal within specified time period. The RTI First Appeal Time Limit is specified under section 19 of the RTI Act. Under Section 19(1) of the RTI Act, 2005, a citizen who either has not received reply from PIO within time period specified under section 7(1) of the RTI Act, explained above, or is aggrieved at the reply of PIO may within thirty days from the expiry of such period or from the receipt of such a decision prefer an appeal to such officer who is senior in rank to the PIO in each public authority.
Let me explain RTI First Appeal Time Limit for various cases with examples:
You can submit First Appeal before First Appellate Authority under Section 19(1), if you are an applicant, and under 19(2), if you are a third party, of the RTI Act. Many of us do not know how to draft First Appeal. For them, I have provided below RTI First Appeal Format in English. RTI Act doesn’t provide any specific format for First Appeal before Central Public Authority. Thus, you can use the below RTI First Appeal Format in English. However, few State Governments have provided specific format for First Appeal. In that case, you shall use the prescribed First Appeal Format. For all other State Governments you may use the RTI First Appeal Format in English provided in this article.
In any legal system, Appeal procedure is recognized as very important tool in the hand of aggrieved applicant. Same has been recognized and incorporated under section 19 of the RTI Act. Section 19 of the RTI Act provides two types of appeal procedure. Section 19(1) and section 19(2) provide for First Appeal against the order of the Central Assistant Public Information Officer or a State Assistant Public Information Officer, as the case may be, (hereinafter referred as PIO). Section 19(3) of the RTI Act provides for the Second Appeal before Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, against the decision of First Appellate Authority on First Appeal under section 19(1) or 19(2). In this article, I will explain First Appeal under RTI: How to File First Appeal under RTI Act?